I am a junior at a public state flagship university (definitely non-target) in the midwest. Double major in finance and accounting, 3.92 GPA. I am very interested in going into real estate development or possibly real estate finance. Internships at State Street Real Estate Services, a REIT and a job at development company doing project management/financial analysis (will have been there a couple of years by the time I graduate). Haven't taken the GMAT yet.
My first question is, do I have any chance of getting into Cornell, Columbia, NYU etc. right out of undergrad? I realize that I have limited experience compared to most of the other applicants. I know NYU more finance-focused and I've heard it's easier to get into, which makes me nervous about job opportunities at the end.
Second question: Should I take the two real estate development classes that are offered in the urban planning department, or just save my money and stick with my business school classes (only real-estate specific class is real estate finance) and hope that my internships and work experience demonstrate my interest in real estate?
Third question: For those who have graduated (or know people who have) from the above programs, what kind of jobs are you/they getting? Was the degree worth it? Do you feel it's a degree that's transferrable out of the NY/Boston area?
Sorry for the long post. I appreciate any input.